Current Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

2023–24 CALENDAR

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The following DTS program requirements apply only to those students who enrolled in the program in or after September 2014. Students who enrolled before that date should fulfill the requirements listed in the A&S Calendar of the year in which they enrolled.


Completion Requirements:
(7.0 credits, including at least 2.0 at the 300+ level)

  1. DTS200Y1 ( Introduction to Diaspora and Transnational Studies) 
  2. DTS300H1 (Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning)
  3. 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from Group A and B courses, with at least two FCEs from each group. Coverage must include at least two diasporic communities or regions, to be identified in consultation with the program advisor.
  4. 1.0 DTS credit at the 400-level


Completion Requirements:
(4.0 credits, including at least 1.0 credit at the 300+ level)

  1. DTS200Y1 (Introduction to Diaspora and Transnational Studies)
  2. DTS300H1 (Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning)
  3. 2.0 credits from Group A and B courses, with at least 1.0 credit from each group.
  4. 0.5 DTS credit at the 400-level

Group A and B Courses:

Group A: Humanities Courses

Course Code
Course Title
Course Code
Course Title
Africa in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities
Regional Politics and Radical Movements in the 20th Century Caribbean
African Systems of Thought
Critical Histories of the Black Canadian Experience
Capitalism and Crisis in the Caribbean
The Holocaust, from 1942
Caribbean Women Thinkers
Indigenous Histories of the Great Lakes from 1815 to the Present
Caribbean Indentureship and its Legacies
Indigenous Histories of the Great Lakes, to 1830
Caribbean Migrations and Diaspora
The History of Hong Kong
Caribbean Diaspora in Canada
Japan in the World, Mid-16th to Mid-20th Century
Introduction to Jewish Thought
Black Freedom in the Atlantic World
Introduction to Jewish Culture
Screening Freedom
The Holocaust in Fiction
Canada and Decolonization
God, Nation and Self Transformed: The Secularization of the Jewish Experience
Jews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Jewish Secularism and Messianic Thought: From Spinoza to Derrida
Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World
Community & Identity
Nationalism & Memory in Modern Europe
The Irish in Canada
Canada and Empire in the Twentieth Century
Irish Nationalism in Canada
Polish Jews since the Partition of Poland
Creative Writing
Russia's Empire
Theorizing Settler Colonialism, Capitalism and Race
Topics in Jewish History
Contemporary Theories in Critical Disability Studies
Special Topics in Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World
Transnational Toronto
French Colonial Indochina: History, Cultures, Texts, Film
Fun in Diaspora
Indigenous-Newcomer Relations in Canadian History
Emancipate Yourselves from Mental Slavery? Historical Narratives of Caribbean Decolonization
Citizenship and Multiculturalism 
Modernity and its Others: History and Postcolonial Critique
Diasporic Foodways
Gandhi's Global Conversations
Transnational Justice
Globalization and Urban Change
The Diasporic Imagination
Italian-Canadian Literature
Global Sexualities 
Cinema of the Italian Diasporas
Money on the Move
Hebrew Bible
Diaspora at Home
Dead Sea Scrolls
Wars, Diaspora and Music
The Turks in History: From Nomads of the Steppe Frontier to Islamic Rulers
9 to 5: A Transnational History of the Working Day
Topics in Judaism and Feminism: Conflict, Competition, Complement
Modern East Asia
History of Ancient Israel
History of Capitalism in Modern Japan
Life Cycle and Personal Status in Judaism
Aesthetics and Politics in 20th Century Korea
Intellectuals of the Modern Arab World
20th Century Korean History
Orientalism & Occidentalism
Culture & World After Hiroshima & Nagasaki
The Canadian Census: Populations, Migrations and Demographics
The "Yellow Peril": Past & Present
Death, Dying and Afterlife
Modernism and Colonial Korea
Roots of Christianity and Judaism
Modern Japan and the Colonial Question
Dreaming of Zion: Exile and Return in Jewish Thought
Travels, Travelers and Travel Accounts in Asia
Social Ecology and Judaism
The Global Bildungsroman: Narratives of Development, Time, and Colonialism
Time and Place in Judaism
U.S. and Canada's Wars in Asia
Devotional Literature of Early Modern India
Introduction to Colonial and Postcolonial Writing
Modern Jewish Thought
The English Language in the World
Christianity and Judaism in Colonial Context
African Literatures in English
Introduction to South Asian Studies
Asian North American Literature
Colonialism and Tradition
South Asian Literatures in English
Jewish Communities in Slavic Countries
Postcolonial and Transnational Discourses
Forging Identities: The Roms of Central and Eastern Europe
The Finnish Canadian Immigrant Experience
Literature of the Ukranian-Canadian Experience
Advanced Topics in Francophone Literatures
The Imaginary Jew
Francophone Literatures
Literary Imagination and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe
Francophone Cinema
Postcolonialism: Francophone Literatures
City of Saints and Sinners: Kyiv through the Centuries
Yiddish Literature in Translation (E)
Literature of Exile and Immigration
Topics in Yiddish or German Jewish Literature and Culture
Language, Politics, Identity
The African Diaspora in the Americas, 1492-1804
Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies
Gender, Race and Science
Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Studies
History of the Jewish People
Latin American Cinema
History of South Asia
Literature and Social Change in Spanish America
History of Southeast Asia: How the Lands Below the Winds Reshaped the World
Topics in Spanish-American Literature and Culture
Latin America: The Colonial Period
Icons and Iconography in Latin American Culture
History of Africa
Central America Postwar Narrative
The Mediterranean, 600-1300: Crusade, Colonialism, Diaspora
Citizenship in the Canadian City
Immigration to Canada
Gradients of Health in an Urban Mosaic
Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War
Studies in Post-Colonialism
Medieval Spain
Asian/North American Feminist Issues
The Holocaust, to 1942
Gender and Globalization: Transnational Perspectives
Rice, Sugar, and Spice in Southeast Asia: A History of Food in the Region


Group B: Social Sciences Courses (113)

Course Title Course Code Course Title Course Code
ANT204H1   Social Cultural Anthropology and Global Issues GGR430H1 Geographies of Markets
ANT318H1 The Preindustrial City and Urban Social Theory GGR452H1 Space, Power,  Geography: Understanding Spaciality
ANT324H1 Tourism & Globalization GGR457H1 The Post-War Suburbs
ANT340H1 Anthropology of Latin America LCT304H1 Praxis and Performance
ANT341H1 China in Transition NUS251H0  Southeast Asia
ANT345H1 Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives NUS252H0 Rice, Spice & Trees: Peasants in Southeast Asia
ANT346H1 Anthropology of Food NUS253H0 Economy and Space
ANT347H1 Metropolis: Global Cities NUS255H0 Cities and Urban Life in Southeast Asia
ANT348H1 Medical Anthropology: Health, Power and Politics NUS256H0 Changing Landscape of Singapore
ANT349H1 Anthropology and New Technologies NUS351Y0 Field Studies in Geography: SE Asia
JAL355H1 Language and Gender NUS352H0 East Asia
ANT356H1 Anthropology of Religion NUS353H0 Globalization and Asian Cities
ANT358H1 Medical Anthropology and Social Justice JLN327H1  Culture and Modernity in the Hispanic Caribbean 
ANT364H1 Environment & Globalization POL201H1 Politics of Development
ANT366H1 Anthropology of Activism and Social Justice POL224H1 Canada in Comparative Perspective
ANT370H1 Introduction to Social Anthropological Theory POL301H1 Colonial Legacies and Post-Independence African Politics
ANT372H1 Cultural Property POL305H1 Introduction to Latin American Politics and Societies
ANT426H1 Western Views of the Non-West POL324H1 European Union: Politics, Institutions and Society
ANT450H1 Multispecies Cities JPR364H1 Religion and Politics in the Nation State
ANT456H1 Queer Ethnography JPR374H1 Religion and Power in the Postcolony
ANT456H1 Queer Ethnography


Political Economy of Technology: From the Auto-Industrial to the Information Age
ANT458H1 Settler-Colonialism and Indigenous Health in Canada POL413H1 Global Environmental Politics
ANT460H1 Global Perspectives on Women's Health POL417H1 Politics of North-South Relations
ANT472H1 Japan in Global Context: Anthropological Perspectives JPR419H1 Secularism and Religion
ANT475H1 Reading Ethnography POL421H1 Maimonides and His Modern Interpreters
ANT477H1 Transnational Korea in and outside the Peninsula POL430Y1 Comparative Studies in Jewish and Non-Jewish Political Thought
CSE342H1 Theory and Praxis in Food Security POL442H1 Topics in Latin American Politics
DTS305H1  Special Topics in Diaspora and Transnational Studies JPF455Y1 Conceptualizing Cities in a Global Context
DTS310H1 Transnational Toronto POL467H1 The Politics of Immigration and Multiculturalism in Canada
DTS311H1 Fun in Diaspora POL480H1 Studies in Comparative Political Theory
DTS312H1 Exile SOC210H1 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
DTS314H1 Citizenship and Multiculturalism SOC214H1 Sociology of the Family
DTS410H1 Diasporic Foodways SOC218H1 Asian Communities in Canada
DTS411H1 Transnational Justice SOC220H1 Social Stratification
DTS412H1 The Diasporic Imagination SOC246H1 Sociology of Aging
DTS413H1 Global Sexualities SOC250Y1 Sociology of Religion
DTS414H1 Money on the Move SOC256H1 Lives and Societies
DTS415H1 Diaspora at Home SOC304H1 Status and Class Mobility
DTS416H1 Wars, Diaspora and Music SOC311H1 Immigration and Race Relations in Canada
DTS417H1 9 to 5: A Transnational History of the Working Day SOC315H1 Domestic Violence
ENT391H1 Exploring New Ventures SOC360H1 Social Movements
ENT392Y1 Exploring New Ventures SOC364H1 Urban Health
GGR112H1   Geographies of Globalization, Development and Inequality SOC367H1 Race, Class, and Gender
JGU216H1 Globalization and Urban Change SOC370H1 Immigration and Employment
GGR241H1 Geographies of Urban Social Exclusion SOC381H1 Culture and Inequality
GGR246H1 Geography of Canada SOC383H1 The Sociology of Women and International Migration
GGR320H1 Geographies of Transnationalism, Migration and Gender SOC388H1 Sociology of Everyday Life
JGE321H1 Multicultural Perspectives on Environmental Management SOC465H1 Advanced Studies in Gender
GGR326H1 Remaking the Global Economy SOC479H1 Advanced Studies in Social Movements
GGR336H1 Urban Historical Geography of North America SOC481H1 Culture and Social Networks
GGR339H1    Urban Geography, Planning and Political Processes SOC484H1 Children of Immigrants
GGR341H1 The Changing Geography of Latin America UNI101H1 Citizenship in the Canadian City
GGR342H1 The Changing Geography of Southeast Asia UNI103H1 Gradients of Health in an Urban Mosaic
GGR343H1 The Changing Geography of China VIC183H1 Individuals and the Public Sphere: Shaping Memory
JGU346H1 The Urban Planning Process VIC184H1 Individuals and the Public Sphere: History, Historiography, and Making Cultural Memory
GGR360H1 Culture, History, and Landscape WGS450H1  Modernity, Freedom, Citizenship: Gender and the Black Diaspora
GGR363H1 Critical Geographies: An Introduction to Radical Ideas on Space, Society and Culture    



DTS199H1 - Superman and Other Migrants
Fall 2023, Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm

Description TBA

Instructors: N. Seidman

Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

DTS200Y1 - Introduction to Diaspora and Transnational Studies I 
Full Year 2023–24, Tuesdays 12:00pm - 2:00pm

What is the relationship between place and belonging, between territory and memory? How have the experiences of migration and dislocation challenged the modern assumption that the nation-state should be the limit of identification? What effect has the emergence of new media of communication had upon the coherence of cultural and political boundaries? All of these questions and many more form part of the subject matter of Diaspora and Transnational Studies. This introductory course ex-amines the historical and contemporary movements of peoples and the complex issues of identity and experience to which these processes give rise as well as the creative possibilities that flow from movement and being moved. The area of study is comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing from the social sciences, history, the arts and humanities. Accordingly, this course provides the background to the subject area from diverse perspectives and introduces students to a range of key debates in the field, with particular attention to questions of history, globalization, cultural production and the creative imagination.

Instructors: S. Kassamali, A. Pesarini

Exclusion: DTS201H1, DTS202H1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS300H1 - Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning 
Winter 2024, Tuesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm

Focuses on research design and training in methods from history, geography, anthropology, literary and cultural studies, and other disciplines appropriate to Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Prepares students to undertake primary research required in senior seminars.

Instructor: P. Scanlan

Prerequisite: Completion of 9.0 credits
Recommended Preparation: DTS200Y1/CJS200H1/CJS201H1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)

DTS305H1 - Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism: NAFTA: Anthropology of Free Trade
Winter 2024, Thursdays 10:00am – 12:00pm


Do you ever wonder where your yearlong supply of avocados comes from? Do you know how Canadian mining companies benefit from Mexico’s so-called drug war? Did you know that an auto-part crosses the Mexico-US border, back-and-forth, about seven times before being assembled into a car? This course grapples with these and similar questions by taking a critical look at free trade. Specifically, we focus on NAFTA/CUSMA, the Canada-Mexico-United States free trade agreement. We approach free trade as a transnational legal and socio-economic structure that engenders contradictions, contestations, and appropriations while simultaneously reproducing the conditions for predatory accumulation. The North American geo-economic region enables the easy and speedy flow of commodities and capital and simultaneously constrains people’s movement through militarized borders and through strictly regulated labour migration. Through a critical look at the ongoing (re)making of “North America,” we examine free trade as an instrument of neoliberal capitalism and imperialism, and as a technology shrinking time-space and of acceleration. Among the topics to be examined are labour, migration, the narcoeconomy, mining, export agriculture, corporations, the environment, and transnational solidarities. The course will provide students with conceptual tools to think critically about free trade in any locale and, more broadly, about current configurations of capitalism.

Instructor: A. Gonzalez Jimenez

Prerequisite: Completion of 9.0 credits
Recommended Preparation: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS310H1 - Transnational Toronto
Fall 2023, Mondays 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Toronto is a city increasingly configured through transnational connections and practices. It is a city defined by the scale at which its residents live their lives; a scale that is no longer (if it ever was) parochial, but extends across time and space to connect people and practice across a multitude of locales. Contemporary understandings of Toronto can only be reached through adopting a transnational lens. This course will examine the processes that have produced Toronto as a transnational city over time, including the dynamics of immigration and mobility, experiences of alienation, the global extension of capitalism, and the (re)formation of communities grounded in the complex dynamics of identities produced in a space that is both ‘home’ and away’. We will also explore the specific practices, and connections that produce “Toronto” as a space that transcends its physical geographic boundaries and is continually reproduced in and through the flows of people, capital, objects, ideas, - and the many forces that reproduce and reconfigure these flows.

Instructor: K. MacDonald

Prerequisite: Completion of 9.0 Credits
Distribution Requirement: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS314H1 - Citizenship and Multiculturalism 
Fall 2023, Wednesdays 2:00pm – 4:00pm

This course examines approaches to belonging and distinction that accompany different models of citizenship. What are some historical and recent trends in the intersections of place, custom, and rights? How have governments related social diversity to social justice in theory and in practice? Areas of emphasis will vary, but may include topics such as authenticity and assimilation; ethno-nationalism; immigration and naturalization policy; indigeneity; insurgency; legacies of colonialism; mass media and popular culture; policing and surveillance; racial stratification; transnational markets; and xenophobia.

Instructor: E. Sammons

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS390H1 - Independent Study [TBA]
Fall 2023, Winter 2024

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult with the Diaspora and Transnational Studies Program Office for more information. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science

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DTS390Y1 -  Independent Study [TBA]
Full Year 2023–24

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult with the Diaspora and Transnational Studies Program Office for more information. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science

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DTS401H1 - Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism: TBA
Winter 2024, Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Instructor: TBA

Prerequisite: 14 FCE, including DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS402H1 - Advanced Topics in DTS: Desire in Yiddish Literature
Fall 2023, Tuesdays 2:00pm-4:00pm


What does "desire" mean to a Yiddish writer? Desire most commonly refers to sexuality and the erotic life. The object of desire may be a person, but it can also be a thing, an idea, an art form, and more. How does our milieu affect our sense of who or what we desire?  Yiddish writers have always been necessarily multicultural, multilingual, trans-continental in knowledge and perspective. They responded to an extraordinarily diverse array of political and social movements including emigration/immigration, various forms of nationalism, socialism, religious belief, rejection of religious observance. In exploring the short fiction and poetry that address these concerns, we will consider authors whose names may be familiar to some (e.g., Isaac Bashevis Singer, Sholem Aleichem); we will certainly read authors who are largely unknown despite English translations of their work (e.g., Celia Dropkin, Lamed Shapiro, Yankev Glatshteyn, and more). Experimenting with modern literary forms and modern personal and political choices, these authors reveal the remarkable range of Yiddish writing in the twentieth century. (All works will be read in English translation, though Yiddish texts will also be made available.)

Instructor: A. Norich

Prerequisite: 14 FCE, including DTS200Y1/CJS200H1/CJS201H1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS404H1 - Advanced Topics in DTS: History and Counterstories in the Black Mediterranean
Fall 2023, Wednedays 2:00pm-4:00pm


This course explores colonial histories and counter- stories of resistance in the Black Mediterranean. Intended not only as a physical space but also as a symbolic site, the Black Mediterranean can be seen as a new theoretical approach useful to understand the racialized production of bodies and borders, and to highlight forms of resistance. The course will focus on Italy and its (post)colonial ties with Libya, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. Going from the Italian invasion of Eritrea in 1890 to the current so-called “refugee crisis”; the case of Italy illustrates the intersections and resignification of race, bodies and borders in the Mediterranean region, as well as the presence of important histories of resistance and alternative conceptualisations of belonging. 

Instructor: A. Pesarini

Prerequisite: 14 FCE, including DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS410H1 - Diasporic Foodways 
Winter 2024, Wednesdays 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Food links people across space and time. As it spirals outward from parochial sites of origin to articulate with new sites, actors and scales, it assumes new substance and meaning in new locales. This movement of food gives rise to new ‘foodways’ to help us to understand the past in terms of temporally connected sites of intense interaction. Food also plays a strong role in shaping translocal identities. As peoples have moved in the world, food has played a central role in (re)defining who they are, reproducing myth and ritual, and bounding diasporic communities. This course seeks to address questions surrounding the dynamics of the food ‘we’ eat, the ways in which ‘we’ eat, the meaning ‘we’ give to eating, and the effect of eating in a transnational world. Recognizing that culinary culture is central to diasporic identifications, the focus is on the place of food in the enduring habits, rituals, and everyday practices that are collectively used to produce and sustain a shared sense of diasporic cultural identity.

Instructor: K. MacDonald

Prerequisite: 14 FCE, including DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS412H1 - The Diasporic Imagination 
Winter 2024, Tuesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm

This course focuses on echoes of diasporic and transnational life in artistic work, and on the significance of aesthetic production to the formation of diasporic and transnational worlds. How have practices, producers, and works of art illuminated the particularities of diasporic life? How do conventions of genre, performance, and tradition shape experiences of borders and crossings? Areas of emphasis will vary but may spotlight particular historical and geographic contexts, and may foreground one or more form, including film, poetry, fiction, music, and dance.

Instructor: E. Sammons

Prerequisite: 14 FCE, including DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

DTS414H1 - Money on the Move
Fall 2023, Tuesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, industry and finance matured together, pushing people into motion around the world. The instruments of long-distance trade, like insurance, credit, and debt, connected people in new and sometimes unsettling ways. The free movement of goods and cash was mirrored by restrictions on migration to some parts of the world and by forced or coerced migration to others. This course explores the history of the rise of global capitalism at a human scale, exploring how financialization, industrialization and imperialism overlapped and intertwined, and how the rise of liberalism and capitalism weighed on human lives.

Instructor: P.Scanlan

Prerequisite: 14 FCE, including DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS416H1 - Wars, Diaspora, and Music
Fall 2023, Wednesdays10:00am – 12:00pm

The course explores how composers, performers, songwriters and audiences made sense of traumatic and violent events that they experienced, such as ethnic conflicts, wars, exile and displacement, through music. We will also look at how government ideologies employ music during wars. The case studies will include stories of Jewish, Palestinian, Afghan, Romani, Korean, Rwandan and other diasporas severely affected by wars and violence.

Instructor: A.Shternshis

Prerequisite: 14 FCE, including DTS200Y1 
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)


University of Toronto Mississauga courses that can be applied to the program
Please visit the UTM Diaspora & Transnational Studies page.